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An early version of the Streak 5/Mini 5  (Source: PMP Today)

Dell Streak 7 and Streak 10  (Source: Engadget)
Apple won't be the only one with a trendy tablet, soon

With the iPad being a hot topic, many competitors are looking to rush tablet designs to the market.  Microsoft has their much talked about Courier journal-style designAmazon and Google are also reportedly cooking up tablet devices as well.

One set of tablets that have flown mostly under the radar are Dell's upcoming designs.  Dell, currently the third largest computer manufacturer in the U.S., behind HP and Lenovo, is looking to get back on the ball with a trio of tablets.

Recently leaked photos from Dell reveal the Streak tablets to be very sleek and very iPad-like.

The tablets are reportedly called the Streak series.  A 5-in. Streak 5 (formerly known as the Mini 5) will reportedly launch with Dell's Aero smart phone on the AT&T network in June.  The Streak series, like the Aero, will be powered by Google's Android smart phone and MID operating system.

The 7-in. Streak 7 will arrive late this year and the 10-in. Streak 10 will arrive in "early 2011."

The striking visual similarities between the Streak series and the iPad are hard to miss (the Streak series does have 3 buttons on the front frame face, rather than just one).  That surely gives Apple's legal team cause to salivate, but probably makes Apple's sales team a bit unnerved.  After all, by the looks of it Apple isn't going to be the only one with a sleek tablet design for very long.  Let's just hope Dell takes time to quality test the Streak series thoroughly so it can avoid the heat and Wi-Fi issues that have plagued the iPad.

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Strange Name Choice
By monomer on 4/16/2010 6:00:25 PM , Rating: 5
So... Streak? I dunno, seems like a pretty poor name for a portable device with a glossy screen.

RE: Strange Name Choice
By Smartless on 4/16/10, Rating: -1
RE: Strange Name Choice
By mindless1 on 4/17/2010 2:55:17 PM , Rating: 5
Copy cat? Sleek tablet devices were inevitable, and a proper market survey of potential buyers would result in both Dell and Apple (et al.) deciding that similar size tablets were desired.

It's a bit like saying Toyota copycats Honda because they both make cars of similar size, shape, and function... just earlier in the history of device type with tablets... then we'll see the same thing as with netbooks, minor variations and more sizes.

RE: Strange Name Choice
By nafhan on 4/19/2010 10:34:37 AM , Rating: 2
To add on to what you said. With a tablet or smartphone, you've either got a big screen or lots of buttons on the front. There's not a whole lot of options with the hardware.

RE: Strange Name Choice
By T2k on 4/18/2010 5:05:16 AM , Rating: 5
I hope, for Dell's sake, their copy cat finds some kind of following this time.

We hope, for your own sake, one day you wake up and realize if there's a Copycat King it's Apple.

RE: Strange Name Choice
By mostyle on 4/18/2010 1:44:01 PM , Rating: 2
When tequila was mentioned given the device name I instantly thought of clothing.. or lack therein. Okay sure maybe I'm dirty-minded..

RE: Strange Name Choice
By tastyratz on 4/16/2010 8:54:19 PM , Rating: 5
The direct competitor to the ipad is the streak? I cant possibly see where that could be satirically linked. I will just have to wait till its released one "summer's eve" in 2011...

RE: Strange Name Choice
By Gul Westfale on 4/16/2010 10:37:51 PM , Rating: 2
i'll wait for the amazon chipotle-away.

RE: Strange Name Choice
By mckinney on 4/17/2010 1:28:32 AM , Rating: 5
How bout the "Skid"?
That way you could get a 5" Skid, a 7" Skid, and the granddaddy of them all, the 10" Skid....

I wonder if you could run the Skid on the Ipad?

Probably sounds better than it looks on paper.

RE: Strange Name Choice
By B3an on 4/17/2010 4:54:26 AM , Rating: 1
This Streak would go perfect with a Wii.

It would have to be placed on the right side of a Wii, as we all know a number 2 comes after a pis.. i mean Wii.

RE: Strange Name Choice
By spread on 4/17/2010 12:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but what happens when your skid gets marks on it?

RE: Strange Name Choice
By fsardis on 4/17/2010 1:28:11 PM , Rating: 2
The 'Skid' Mk1 for 5"
The 'Skid' Mk2 for 7"
The 'Skid' Mk3 for 10"
The 'Skid' Mk Mini for 3" MP3 player.

RE: Strange Name Choice
By gralex on 4/17/2010 6:23:37 AM , Rating: 5
Fantastic weekend reading, if you are feeling in any way philosophical...

RE: Strange Name Choice
By jnolen on 4/17/2010 9:02:26 AM , Rating: 1
I have heard of the study quoted in that article before. How our society got that way is an unknown to me (I'm sure someone has an opinion) but that is why I, a highly opinionated Political Science major, rarely argue with people anymore.

RE: Strange Name Choice
By mindless1 on 4/17/10, Rating: 0
RE: Strange Name Choice
By CZroe on 4/17/2010 11:47:07 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps "Streaker" would have been more to your liking? ;)

I guess a tablet is a bit like a "naked" computer... a touch-screen Android netbook that can't close up.

RE: Strange Name Choice
By borismkv on 4/18/2010 1:07:46 PM , Rating: 2
You're forgetting that it's going against the Max-iPad.

Is it just me
By chris2618 on 4/16/2010 6:20:57 PM , Rating: 5
"The striking visual similarities between the Streak series and the iPad are hard to miss"

Well as they are of the tablet form is there much possible difference

RE: Is it just me
By spread on 4/16/2010 6:31:23 PM , Rating: 5
They're both basically big touchscreens with thick bezels... like every other tablet.

RE: Is it just me
By alanore on 4/17/2010 6:53:59 AM , Rating: 2
It looks very like the JooJoo which designs were in the public domain long before the iPad.

RE: Is it just me
By omnicronx on 4/17/2010 1:00:28 PM , Rating: 2
The iPad wasn't not really the first tablet to use that design either =P.. Front black bezel for a tablet was not Apples idea ...

RE: Is it just me
By sdsdv10 on 4/19/2010 5:50:22 PM , Rating: 2
The iPad wasn't not really the first tablet to use that design either =P.. Front black bezel for a tablet was not Apples idea ...

The hell you say. Your heresy will not go unpunished...
We know where you live. The SJ clone army is on its way.

Just Curious...
By MojoMan on 4/16/2010 5:36:09 PM , Rating: 2
What would one use the five for? Seems small for anything practical, but I'm curious what you guys would see as good uses for this?

Just seems that seven is about the smallest you'd want to go, especially given some of the great phones coming onto the market.

RE: Just Curious...
By invidious on 4/16/2010 5:55:47 PM , Rating: 3
The five would easily fit in your pocket. Enables you to watch stuff on the go, without having an iPad bag with you. Larger phones are like 3.5" and are a little to small to be considered serious video players.

RE: Just Curious...
By rudy on 4/17/2010 2:48:29 AM , Rating: 2
lol its funny how different people view things the 5 may be just what alot of people are looking for the largest screen that fits in a pocket. I would like a phone in the 5. The 7 and 10 as well as iPad are the devices where I say what on earth would anyone buy that for.

Tablet PC
By phatboye on 4/16/2010 8:48:36 PM , Rating: 2
I wish these companies would focus more on bringing the cost of full fledged Tablet PC's down. I've always wanted one but am unwilling to pay the ridiculous price these OEM's are charging for one. I could care less about some underpowered feature-lacking Android/iPhone OS tablet. I'd rather have a Tablet PC.

RE: Tablet PC
By afkrotch on 4/18/2010 9:43:08 PM , Rating: 2
An HP TM2 tablet goes for $1000. Don't expect to get far below that, unless they start stripping features.

RE: Tablet PC
By Visual on 4/19/2010 6:29:26 AM , Rating: 2
There's no need to go below that, but there is a need to improve what you get at that price. I have one, and while it is great in many aspects, there are downsides to it as well.
The extreme variation of brightness and color distortions depending on viewing angle makes a very bad impression. Higher resolution would be welcome to make it fit stuff in portrait mode too. And some physical buttons on the display bezel for use in portrait mode won't drive the price up but can improve usability tremendously.

I like that this market segment is heating up
By Dazex on 4/17/2010 11:51:18 AM , Rating: 2
However, let's not forget the biggest draw on the least for me. The gorgeous IPS display panel. I hear comparision between iPad and Netbook far too frequent. But the high end display technology Apple chose to use on the iPad alone is a huge differentiating factor IMHO. For that reason alone, there's really no competitor...netbook or tablet.

But for those that don't need the IPS panel, having more flexible features like what's purportedly coming with the HP Slate and I assume in the Streak is certainly welcome. Hoping that I am wrong and the Streak/Slate devices utilizes IPS or better display technology. I love competition!

By afkrotch on 4/18/2010 9:51:19 PM , Rating: 2
The IPS display isn't enough to deal with the lack of features. Like watching VHS tapes on a 100" laser TV.

By Smilin on 4/23/2010 2:52:40 PM , Rating: 2
On paper I was impressed with the IPS. Once I saw it up close...not so much.

It's not all that bright (fine for indoors but faceplants outdoors) and the viewing angle just didn't seem any more impressive than a high angle TFT TN.

I'd like to see someone go with OLED like the Zune has but they can eat battery depending on what's being displayed.

wider is better
By invidious on 4/16/2010 5:50:40 PM , Rating: 1
This appears to have a wider aspect ratio, +1 over iPad for that. The lack of 720p playback is the biggest drawback of the iPad in my opinion. The first low voltage pad device that can play proper ratio 720p video for around $500 is probably something I am going to buy.

RE: wider is better
By MadMan007 on 4/17/2010 11:55:31 PM , Rating: 2
Or you could get any one of a number of netbooks/notebooks right now. Is the tablet format really that much better?

RE: wider is better
By afkrotch on 4/18/2010 9:37:26 PM , Rating: 2
If you're standing on a subway train, heading to whatever location, yes. A tablet format is much better.

I ride a subway train from Pyeongtaek to Seoul quite often. That trip can be anywhere from 1-2 hours and majority of the time, I'm stuck standing up.

By damianrobertjones on 4/16/2010 6:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
It looks more like the failed Asus R50 that no-one bothered with.

RE: Update
By theapparition on 4/19/2010 9:36:52 AM , Rating: 3
Sometimes, ideas are ahead of thier time. Failed products can be the result of many reasons, the least of which is actually a poor product.

For example, GM (and other US manufacturers) had a slew of high mileage vehicles (think Geo Metro, et al) and the public soundly rejected them in favor of large SUVs. So they responded by canceling that product line and concentrating on what sold. When that market dried up overnight, they were caught off guard.

More on topic, the PDA's of the late 90's and early 2000's were prime examples of products that were ahead of thier time. My old Dell Axim X51v had decent specs, WiFi, 3D acceleration with full VGA screen, and full multitasking. All released 5years ago (and earlier if you want to consider Palm's devices). Yet it can do most of the things an iPod Touch can.

Granted the newer devices have more features, faster, etc. But you can understand how companies that made products that flopped are somewhat hesitant to get back into that market.

So am I to assume
By rocky12345 on 4/17/2010 2:39:22 PM , Rating: 5
"The striking visual similarities between the Streak series and the iPad are hard to miss"

So am I to assume that every time a company releases a tablet they all will look like a iFad. Well at least everyone will say oh that new tablet looks like the iFad. News flash this just in they all will look very similar they are a pad with a screen,they all have a flat surface & will be touch screen. All I have to say is I wish someone else would have brought the tablets to market before Apple,oh wait they did. Maybe the Ifad has similarities to all the ones that came out before it,just another way to look at it. Stop comparing everyone else to the iFad it was not first to the party there were others before it,all Apple has done is release a product we could have got years ago,maybe not a slim as the iFad but they were all here before Apples iFad. So it is time to drop the oh it looks like a iFad crap now please. That is all we need for the next 5 years is the same thing everyone did with the iphone it gets really tired & old fast.

By Murloc on 4/17/2010 5:21:05 AM , Rating: 2
dell always worked fine for me.
That's your unhappy customer opinion.

By afkrotch on 4/18/2010 9:38:51 PM , Rating: 2
Gonna have to agree with that. Everything Dell I've owned has worked fine. Not everyone has such experiences though.

What's with these names!
By boobot on 4/16/2010 6:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
So far HP takes the lead on naming these devices by far.
Slate was a good match! Streak?

Streak mini...
By hughlle on 4/17/2010 5:52:19 AM , Rating: 2
well to me it looks more like a simply ovesized smart phone. i'm not sure there's much on the mini that would not be done on a good smart phone.

By eirruby on 4/17/2010 1:04:39 PM , Rating: 2
iPad Look-Alike? I guess it's still fine. Anyway, it's not that great as the iPad does.

iPad's Home Page
By aragoran on 4/19/2010 5:21:52 AM , Rating: 2
want all the sports? all the news? all the portals and all the shopping, in one clean comfotable web page?
this is it...
it works in all browsers: explorer, firefox, safari and even opera.
its great for the new iPad and for the iPhone.
your just a click away from any website you want.
try it...

By salinalumb on 4/19/2010 6:15:33 AM , Rating: 2
By usju on 4/20/2010 4:06:02 AM , Rating: 2
Recently leaked photos from Dell reveal the Streak tablets to be very sleek and very iPad-like.

Apple will sue...

Dell and delays
By TMV192 on 4/16/2010 5:35:19 PM , Rating: 1
Well may not delays as much as just late launches, but I remember when Dailytech first posted about the Streak 5 (seems like they changed it to mini 5 and now back to Streak 5?) back in October, and Engadget even got a working version of it from China, and yet we are still waiting for a launch. This is why Apple is so good about keeping their projects hidden, if you can't launch on the hype, you're going to miss out

By eirruby on 4/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Identical
By Lonyo on 4/17/2010 6:49:51 PM , Rating: 3
Actually it looks like a black HP TC1100

Maybe Apple should get some new design ideas.

By muhahaaha on 4/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: haaha
By mmatis on 4/17/2010 9:21:27 PM , Rating: 2
Just like one might "personally call" the iPad "Applesox"?

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